Monday, September 9, 2013

Ayutthaya 2-1 Krabi

Ayutthaya came from behind in an ill-tempered contest to win a hard fought victory over Krabi. There were three goals and three dismissals, and a plethora of tetchy confrontations throughout the match.

The Andaman Eagles took the lead midway through the first half when Ittiphol pounced from close range after Sirichai could only parry John Mary's header into his path.

The hosts equalised in the 39th minute when Watcharapong converted from the spot after Rachanon was adjudged to have been felled by Liade Michel in the box.

After the break, the visitors applied great pressure and Sirichai was called upon to make a host of saves. The Ayutthaya stopper made blocks denying John Mary and Anuwat while Ittiphol had a couple of chances that were inches wide of the target.

The winning goal came eight minutes from time when Daniel Melo was on hand to sweep in following a precise pass from Wittiwat.

With five minutes left, both sides had a player sent off after an off the ball altercation. Krabi's Sornchai took exception to a challenge from Nuttapat and swung at his opponent to express his displeasure. The Ayutthaya man retaliated and both were sent for an early shower.

In injury time, Krabi's goalscorer, Ittiphol, joined them when he was given a second yellow for a swipe at Durosinmi's legs.

On the balance of play, Ayutthaya were slightly fortunate to claim three points, but it was vital victory considering the Rayong duo and TTM all won this weekend. From what I saw, The Ancient Warriors will probably stay up thanks to league reconstruction. Had the original quota of four sides being demoted been applied, then I wouldn't feel so hopeful.
Valci Junior wasn't playing for Krabi and his threat in the box was certainly missed.

Man of the Match: Sirichai - Several fine saves

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